LET’S LOOK AT SOME STATISTICS… it is estimated that:

  • 1 in 5 people suffer from hay fever (varying degrees of symptoms).
  • 95% admit to struggling with their symptoms in the workplace.
  • 20% of people take time off work due to hay fever.


I suffer from hay fever and am fully aware of how debilitating the symptoms can be…. The sleepless nights with a blocked nose, the sore throats that just don’t improve, the itchy sinuses, ears & eyes, the sneezing, the tight chest, the dry cough, rashes and general wanting to rip my own face off feeling! We all have our own way of ‘coping’ with hay fever but here are a few tips of how to manage your hay fever in the workplace:



  • Close the windows in the early morning and late afternoon… we all know that symptoms are at their worst during cooler parts of the day.
  • Use Vaseline to line the inside of your nostrils… this catches the pollen before it gets a chance to irritate your sinuses and throat!
  • Wet dust and hoover around your work desk regularly… and the office if you’re feeling energetic.
  • Request an air purifier for the office to filter out the pollen and circulate the air.
  • Avoid drying your work clothes on the line outside.
  • Bring a clean change of clothes to work in case you ‘pop out’ at lunch and begin suffering in the afternoon when you are back at your desk.
  • Be prepared with medication – TISSUES, eyedrops, nasal sprays and antihistamines.
  • Drink plenty of water and hot drinks to soothe your throat and wash down any irritants.
  • Bring a packed lunch to avoid leaving the office on really bad days.


Does anyone have any tips or hints to add?… Or, has anyone tried the above and has it worked for you?…

Happy sneezing!

Footnotes, Credit to, and Resources:

Citron HygieneNHS InformNHS Inform

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